Californian city votes to declare bankruptcy

San Bernardino, hit hard by recession, is third city in the state to go bust this year.

    Investors in the US appear to have shrugged off news that the city of San Bernardino has voted to file for bankruptcy.

    The city, 80km east of Los Angeles, had already slashed salaries and cut 20 per cent of its employees.

    Faced with a $45m deficit, the city council called an emergency session and filed for bankruptcy.

    The blue collar city of construction workers and factory employees was hit hard by the housing collapse and recession, and has become the third city in the state of California to go broke this year.

    Al Jazeera's Brian Rooney reports from San Bernardino.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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